HANTS HISTORY: July 10, 2017 edition

Published on July 13, 2017

In 1992, local hockey buffs Howard Dill and Dr. Garth Vaughan were trying to promote Windsor as the birthplace of hockey and Windsor council was behind their efforts. The pair was photographed at Long Pond, which they believed was the site where hockey originated.

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HANTS COUNTY, N.S. —Here's a look at what was making the news 25 and 50 years ago in the Hants Journal.

25 years ago (July 1 and July 8, 1992 editions)

• Local hockey buffs were ramping up their efforts to develop Windsor as the birthplace of hockey. Dr. Garth Vaughan pitched several ideas to Windsor town council on how to promote the area, and suggested a hockey hall of fame should be created in Windsor, or moving the existing one in Halifax to Windsor. He also pitched the idea of having a hockey school located in Windsor.

Howard Dill, a recognized hockey historian, also was involved with the promotion, contending that Long Pond was the site that people first played hockey on in Windsor.

• An Avondale man was electrocuted after a branch he was cutting came in contact with high tension power lines. After responding to several similar incidents, Nova Scotia Power was asking people to always contact the power company first so that tree trimming can be done safely.

Falmouth's Kevin Wile made the front page of the newspaper as a barrel racing competitor at the Beach Brook Jackpot in the summer of 1992.
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• Local contractors cried foul after some work to upgrade the Windsor exhibition grounds got underway. Tenders for cement work weren't advertised and the project ultimately went to a Sackville-based business. Due to tight deadlines, tenders weren't issued but about a half a dozen calls were made to companies asking them to bid on the work.

• Citizens were calling their councillors for clarity after the provincial media reported the tax rate went down in West Hants when in reality, it went up 23 per cent. The Hants Journal explained the increase but didn't include a percentage with its initial story, which “led many people to believe that council was trying to cover up the large tax increase.”

• The staff at the Windsor Centennial Pool were ready to welcome swimmers for another season. Staff included Natasha Benedict, John Fry, Kathy Martin, Jeff Landry, Tamara Burton, Tina Post, Seadna Bigelow and Niamh Brownlee.

• Benches were installed in downtown Windsor compliments of Windsor Mainstreet.

• Garwin Purvis retired after 37 years with the Town of Windsor.

• Golfers Maurice Digdon, Harvey Riggs, Hal Fletcher and Bud Thompson raised $2,500 for the Canadian Cancer Society. During a Day of Golf, a fundraiser for the society, the men completed 108 holes before being rained out.

Vernon Rowe, of Ellershouse, and daughters Amber and Ashley visit a small orphaned fawn that they rescued in 1992. They nursed it back to health and were preparing to take it to the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park to be reintegrated with its own kind.
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• Vernon Rowe, of Ellershouse, his wife Susan and daughters Amber and Ashley, rescued a small orphaned fawn in June 1992 and nursed it back to health. Rowe spotted the animal while travelling through Kennetcook. It was alone in a field, but still close to where its mother had been struck and killed by a vehicle. The animal was eventually taken to the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park to be reintegrated with its own kind.

• The Hants Journal was celebrating its 125th anniversary. The newspaper could trace its roots back to 1867 – just like Canada.

• Theresa Griffin, of Windsor's Chito-Kai Karate Club, travelled to Fukoka, Japan to compete as part of a five-person Canadian team at the World Women's Karate Championships.


• Thousands came out to celebrate Dominion Day in Hantsport.

Town criers Wilfred Trefry and John Folker arrived, by horse-drawn delivery wagon, to officially kick off the festivities.

Youngsters Elizabeth and Katie Sircom won first prize in the best couple category in the children's parade, and most outstanding went to Susan and Jimmie Veino. Winning for best decorated tricycle was David Sheehan; and best decorated cart honours went to Andrew and Leland Harvie. Nancy McNeil won for the best decorated doll carriage and Dawn and Timmie Ells won for most humourous entry. The grand street parade followed, with a host of bands, groups and organizations taking part.

• Hantsport's dream of having a marine museum was realized, with an open house taking place in conjunction with Dominion Day celebrations.

• The Windsor Lions parade float, created for the 1967 Apple Blossom Festival, won first place four times since it was first built. The float captured first in the ABF parade for most artistic; first in Hantsport for most artistic and best all around; and first in Halifax for best out of town float.

• Well-known orchardist John Daniels was seriously injured by a tractor he was driving. The brakes gave way as he was spraying an orchard. He managed to steer the vehicle down a steep slope until he was thrown from the tractor. He suffered seven broken ribs, a fractured pelvis and an injured vertebrae. Family and friends were wishing him a speedy recovery.

• Steve Patterson, of Hantsport, won the Halifax centennial sports committee trophy for motorcycles at a competition at CFB Gorsebrook for the 0 to 200 c.c. class.

• A string of flags decorated downtown Windsor as the community prepared to celebrate Canada's centennial.

• Eighty-six of Canada's most promising track and field athletes were attending a five-day clinic in Alberta. One of those young athletes was 16-year-old Elizabeth Church, from Windsor Forks.